Two years after severing ties with the church of Scientology, actress Leah Remini is set to expose the organization's allegedly seedy workings in her upcoming memoir, Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology.
After her 30-year membership, she knew she'd suffer repercussions if she ever left in a public fashion, but Remini, who has been forthcoming about her disdain of the church on her reality show, It's All Relative, says she got the strength to move on from friend Jennifer Lopez.
"In 10 years, if I didn't want to be connected to the church anymore, my own daughter would be taught to disconnect from me," she says in a sneak peek obtained by People. "I didn't want to create that. I didn't think that would be healthy for her."
"No one is going to tell me how I need to think, no one is going to tell me who I can, and cannot talk to. I'm not about to shut up. We stand united, my family and I, and I think that says a lot about who we are and what we're about."
When Remini removed herself, she was labeled a "suppressive person" and said the church and its members attempted to destroy her reputation and her career. People who used to be her friends, like Kirstie Alley, who has been a member of the church since 1979, have called her a "repulsive bigot." She anticipated that happening but she said nothing would stop her from leaving.
She also adds that one of her most disturbing encounters with the church involved Scientology's leader (also Tom Cruise's BFF), David Miscavige.
His wife, Shelly, had gone missing (she hasn't been seen since 2006). Remini filed a missing persons report that was later, eerily, deemed "unfounded" by the LAPD. When Remini asked Miscavige about his wife's whereabouts at Tom Cruise's wedding, she said she was severely punished. She was forced to undergo several months of interrogating and "behavior modification" and she was ultimately billed $300,000 for asking a simple question.
Now, sources say, she's bracing for a backlash from not only the church but also its more high-profile members.
The book is out November 3.
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